U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach, a ubiquitous presence on cable news and ardent supporter of Donald Trump, endorsed fellow ubiquitous Fox News guest and ardent Trump supporter Ron DeSantis for governor. The endorsement would be been much more of a surprise if it had gone to Adam Putnam, the more establishment candidate.
In a Breitbart column Gaetz casts Republican candidate Adam Putnam as a phony Trump backer from the 'Never Trump' wing of the GOP. From the column:
…Adam Putnam's "Never Trump" attitude has been overtaken only by his ambition to be governor.
After Trump secured the nomination, Putnam was asked if he would endorse Trump. His snarky reply: "I don't envision a scenario where I would endorse Trump prior to the convention, and we'll see what the convention yields."
Putnam at one point even used Vice President Pence as an opportunity to take shots at Trump's character, consistency, and conservatism. When asked to compare Pence to Trump Putnam responded, "He'd be about 180 degrees different. Mike Pence is a level, steady, consistent guy who is well-read, conservative rooted in sort of the founding philosophical documents of conservatism."…